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10880 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1050
Los Angeles CA 90024
(310) 473-4525

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Law Offices of Errol H. Stambler, P.L.C.


 

Errol H. Stambler

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Errol Stambler’s nearly 30 years’ experience representing criminal defendants in state and federal courts – together with his expertise as a California State Bar Certified Criminal Law Specialist -- enables him to craft a knowledgeable and compelling criminal defense for a wide variety of prosecutions, including white-collar crime, HUD fraud, drugs and narcotics, juvenile indictments, gang-related activities, tax evasion, and a myriad of other federal charges. Stambler’s goal is to provide the very best and most diligent representation available in the field of criminal law.

In 2002, the State Bar of California awarded Stambler official recognition for 20 years as a Certified Criminal Law Specialist.

Background
Stambler opened his private practice in 1978 to defend those accused of crimes, particularly defendants indicted for federal crimes. Before that, he spent four years as a deputy district attorney at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted felony and misdemeanor criminal offenses. For the past 30 years, Stambler has traveled throughout the United States representing individuals in federal criminal court prosecutions.

Since 1979, Stambler has been a member of the Central District’s Criminal Justice Act Panel, a group of approximately 90 seasoned criminal defense lawyers who represent indigent defendants in federal court. From 1994-96, Stambler served as the panel’s head representative. Because of the panel’s work, defendants who could not afford an experienced defense attorney have access to the same quality representation as Hollywood celebrities and rock stars.

Noteworthy Defenses

Securities Fraud
Stambler represented an Italian financier charged with defrauding investors of $1.2 billion in Hollywood deals, among them the purchase of MGM through Canon-Pathe. Stambler devised a plea agreement in which his client pleaded guilty to conspiracy, two counts of securities fraud, and two counts of filing false reports with the SEC. He was sentenced to 41 months in an Italian prison, fined $100,000 and banned from entering the United States for 10 years. This client is now living in Italy and has yet to serve the sentence. His potential exposure without the plea agreement could have resulted in a 25-year sentence and a fine totaling millions of dollars.

Money Laundering
Stambler represented a principal defendant in the largest money-laundering case in U.S. history, “Operation Polar Cap.” His client, a member of “La Mina” (the mine), a Los Angeles-based organization with ties to the Medellin Drug Cartel, was accused of operating a front company that received cash from drug sales which he would ship to gold refiners. The network, which stretched from Los Angeles to New York, was uncovered after a three-year investigation and involving the DEA, the FBI, the IRS and U.S. Customs. This client was charged with money laundering. This client cooperated with the authorities and received a five-year sentence. Everyone else convicted in the case got life sentences. “Washed in Gold,” by journalist Ann Woolner, details the history of this case.

Perjury
Stambler took a perjury case to the U.S. Supreme Court after a three-judge 9th Circuit panel decided that a change in the law after the trial court judgment did not affect the fairness of the initial proceeding. Later, sitting en banc, the 9th Circuit reversed Keys’ conviction on equitable grounds. While the writ of certiorari was pending, the U.S. Supreme Court, that court decided another case similar to his client’s. His case was remanded back to the 9th Circuit, which upheld the conviction.

Wire Fraud/Income Tax Evasion
Stambler handled the highly publicized federal trial in which the defendant was charged with wire fraud, money laundering and income tax evasion. Prosecutors alleged this client was a con artist who engaged in a commodities scam that spanned several continents, that he claimed to be friends with prominent American citizens and politicians and that he had a history of fraud dating back to the 1940s. Stambler arranged a plea deal in which the client would receive an 18-month sentence; however, the client decided to go to trial. He was convicted on some of the charges and although he faced a potential of 270 years in prison, he was sentenced to 97 months and fined approximately $200,000.

Drug Trafficking/RICO Violations
Stambler represent an alleged Mexican Mafia member who at the time was #10 on the FBI’s most-wanted list. This client, who pled guilty to drug trafficking and RICO violations, was sentenced to 156 to 170 months in prison. On appeal, the 9th Circuit ruled that the facts didn’t support the sentence and reversed and remanded. Vasquez was resentenced to his time served, which was 56 months.

Mortgage Fraud
In this current case, Stambler represents a real estate appraiser in a high-profile Los Angeles bank fraud case involving allegations of money laundering and millions of dollars in inflated appraisals. Robinson is accused of inflating appraisals on more than 20 homes and receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in fraudulent fees.

Entertainers
Stambler has represented a number of well-known musicians and actors in criminal charges including domestic violence, driving under the influence and alleged rape. In a tax evasion charge against the wife of an internationally famous rock band's manager, Stambler obtained a not guilty verdict.

Distinctions

  • State Bar of California Certified Criminal Law Specialist since 1982
  • Received 20-year recognition award as consecutive Certified Specialist in 2002
  • Panel Member of the Central District of California’s Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel since 1979
  • Head Representative of the Central District’s CJA panel 1991-92
  • 9th Circuit representative to Defender Services in Washington, D.C. 1991-92
  • Elected member of Defender Services Division of the Administrative Office of the Federal Courts, a Washington D.C. advisory group
  • Tried nearly 100 federal and state jury trials
  • Defended in six murder cases, two with special circumstances
  • Filed more than 50 appeals
  • Garnered 12 published 9th Circuit opinions

Admitted to Practice

  • State Bar of California, 1973
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1978 (cert. granted on two cases)
  • 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1978
  • 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1993
  • 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1993
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 1974
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, 2001
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, 2001
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, 1996
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, 1995
  • Registry of Defense Attorneys to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague, Netherlands 1999-2003

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Advisory Committee, Anti-Defamation League

Education

  • University of Oklahoma College of Law, Juris Doctor, 1973
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Masters of Arts, 1972
  • University of Georgia, Bachelor of Arts, 1968

Practice Areas

Criminal Law; White Collar Crime; HUD Frauds; Juvenile Criminal Law; Drugs and Narcotics; All Federal Criminal Law Violations (Title 8, 18, and 21); Federal Appeals and Federal Writs (2254, 2255)



Admitted 1973, California; 1974, U.S. District Court, Central District of California; 1978, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court; 1993, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second and Tenth Circuits; 1995, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan; 1996, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas; 2001, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of California
Law School University of Oklahoma, J.D.
Member National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Biography Former Deputy District Attorney for the County of Los Angeles (1974-1978). Enter into private criminal defense 1978?. War Crimes Tribunal (ICTY), 1999-2003. Member, Advisory Committee, Anti-Defamation League, 1999?. Former Head Representative, Ninth Circuit, Criminal Justice Act Attorneys to Defender Services, Washington, D.C. Panel Member, Criminal Justice Act Panel and former heard panel attorney, Central District of California, 1979?. In 2002 received recognition of 20 years of continuous certification as a Certified Criminal Law Specialist at the California State Bar Annual Meeting. (Certified Specialist, Criminal Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization)
Born Los Angeles, California, 1946
Reported Cases U.S. vs. Gelfuso, 9th Cir. 87-5306 (1987); U.S. vs. Keys, 95 F.3d 874 (en banc); 133 F. 3d 1282 cert. Supreme Court - U.S. vs. Gaudin 115 S.Ct. 2310 (1995); U.S. vs. Houtchens, 9th Cir. 90-50052 (1991); U.S. vs. Perez-Garcia, et.al., 9th Cir. 93-50211 (1995); U.S. vs. Kilgore, 9th Cir. 90-50542 (1992); U.S. vs. Johnson, 9th Cir. 95-50550 (1997); U.S. vs. Ani, 9th Cir. 97-50138 (1998); U.S. vs. Pinto, 9th Cir 94-50095 (1995).
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Firm Profile

 

I am proud to be one of a handful of attorneys in the State of California to have been presented an award of being 20 years consecutive "Certified Specialist by the State Bar of California" in the filed of Criminal Law. This award was presented at the State Bar Convention in 2002.

This office has the personal touch of one attorney who understands the needs of the client and the professional responsibilities that are involved in the criminal representations of a person charged with a criminal offense.

I have represented as a defense attorney the vast field of charges: from complex drug charges involving multitude of defendants in the United States District Courts throughout the United States to simple batteries at the local courthouse. Each case received the personal attention required to bring about the desired results.

I began my career as a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney and in 1978 I entered private practice. Since that date I have concentrated in Federal Criminal Defense. That area of the law being more complex and intricate as compared to state criminal defense. I have traveled throughout the United States representing individuals charged with criminal offenses; from New York to Colorado and all parts in between.

Practice Areas

 

Criminal Law
Federal Criminal Appeals
Felonies
Juvenile Crimes
DUI/DWI
Appellate Law
Criminal Defense
Criminal Tax
Drug Crimes
Federal and other offenses
Federal Criminal Law
HUD Frauds
Tax Evasion
White Collar Crime

Attorneys

Errol H. Stambler

Private Practice Lawyer
Email:
click here to contact


Errol Stambler’s nearly 30 years’ experience representing criminal defendants in state and federal courts – together with his expertise as a California State Bar Certified Criminal Law Specialist -- enables him to craft a knowledgeable and compelling criminal defense for a wide variety of prosecutions, including white-collar crime, HUD fraud, drugs and narcotics, juvenile indictments, gang-related activities, tax evasion, and a myriad of other federal charges. Stambler’s goal is to provide the very best and most diligent representation available in the field of criminal law.

In 2002, the State Bar of California awarded Stambler official recognition for 20 years as a Certified Criminal Law Specialist.

Background
Stambler opened his private practice in 1978 to defend those accused of crimes, particularly defendants indicted for federal crimes. Before that, he spent four years as a deputy district attorney at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted felony and misdemeanor criminal offenses. For the past 30 years, Stambler has traveled throughout the United States representing individuals in federal criminal court prosecutions.

Since 1979, Stambler has been a member of the Central District’s Criminal Justice Act Panel, a group of approximately 90 seasoned criminal defense lawyers who represent indigent defendants in federal court. From 1994-96, Stambler served as the panel’s head representative. Because of the panel’s work, defendants who could not afford an experienced defense attorney have access to the same quality representation as Hollywood celebrities and rock stars.

Noteworthy Defenses

Securities Fraud
Stambler represented an Italian financier charged with defrauding investors of $1.2 billion in Hollywood deals, among them the purchase of MGM through Canon-Pathe. Stambler devised a plea agreement in which his client pleaded guilty to conspiracy, two counts of securities fraud, and two counts of filing false reports with the SEC. He was sentenced to 41 months in an Italian prison, fined $100,000 and banned from entering the United States for 10 years. This client is now living in Italy and has yet to serve the sentence. His potential exposure without the plea agreement could have resulted in a 25-year sentence and a fine totaling millions of dollars.

Money Laundering
Stambler represented a principal defendant in the largest money-laundering case in U.S. history, “Operation Polar Cap.” His client, a member of “La Mina” (the mine), a Los Angeles-based organization with ties to the Medellin Drug Cartel, was accused of operating a front company that received cash from drug sales which he would ship to gold refiners. The network, which stretched from Los Angeles to New York, was uncovered after a three-year investigation and involving the DEA, the FBI, the IRS and U.S. Customs. This client was charged with money laundering. This client cooperated with the authorities and received a five-year sentence. Everyone else convicted in the case got life sentences. “Washed in Gold,” by journalist Ann Woolner, details the history of this case.

Perjury
Stambler took a perjury case to the U.S. Supreme Court after a three-judge 9th Circuit panel decided that a change in the law after the trial court judgment did not affect the fairness of the initial proceeding. Later, sitting en banc, the 9th Circuit reversed Keys’ conviction on equitable grounds. While the writ of certiorari was pending, the U.S. Supreme Court, that court decided another case similar to his client’s. His case was remanded back to the 9th Circuit, which upheld the conviction.

Wire Fraud/Income Tax Evasion
Stambler handled the highly publicized federal trial in which the defendant was charged with wire fraud, money laundering and income tax evasion. Prosecutors alleged this client was a con artist who engaged in a commodities scam that spanned several continents, that he claimed to be friends with prominent American citizens and politicians and that he had a history of fraud dating back to the 1940s. Stambler arranged a plea deal in which the client would receive an 18-month sentence; however, the client decided to go to trial. He was convicted on some of the charges and although he faced a potential of 270 years in prison, he was sentenced to 97 months and fined approximately $200,000.

Drug Trafficking/RICO Violations
Stambler represent an alleged Mexican Mafia member who at the time was #10 on the FBI’s most-wanted list. This client, who pled guilty to drug trafficking and RICO violations, was sentenced to 156 to 170 months in prison. On appeal, the 9th Circuit ruled that the facts didn’t support the sentence and reversed and remanded. Vasquez was resentenced to his time served, which was 56 months.

Mortgage Fraud
In this current case, Stambler represents a real estate appraiser in a high-profile Los Angeles bank fraud case involving allegations of money laundering and millions of dollars in inflated appraisals. Robinson is accused of inflating appraisals on more than 20 homes and receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in fraudulent fees.

Entertainers
Stambler has represented a number of well-known musicians and actors in criminal charges including domestic violence, driving under the influence and alleged rape. In a tax evasion charge against the wife of an internationally famous rock band's manager, Stambler obtained a not guilty verdict.

Distinctions

  • State Bar of California Certified Criminal Law Specialist since 1982
  • Received 20-year recognition award as consecutive Certified Specialist in 2002
  • Panel Member of the Central District of California’s Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel since 1979
  • Head Representative of the Central District’s CJA panel 1991-92
  • 9th Circuit representative to Defender Services in Washington, D.C. 1991-92
  • Elected member of Defender Services Division of the Administrative Office of the Federal Courts, a Washington D.C. advisory group
  • Tried nearly 100 federal and state jury trials
  • Defended in six murder cases, two with special circumstances
  • Filed more than 50 appeals
  • Garnered 12 published 9th Circuit opinions

Admitted to Practice

  • State Bar of California, 1973
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1978 (cert. granted on two cases)
  • 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1978
  • 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1993
  • 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1993
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 1974
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, 2001
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, 2001
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, 1996
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, 1995
  • Registry of Defense Attorneys to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague, Netherlands 1999-2003

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Advisory Committee, Anti-Defamation League

Education

  • University of Oklahoma College of Law, Juris Doctor, 1973
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Masters of Arts, 1972
  • University of Georgia, Bachelor of Arts, 1968

Practice Areas

Criminal Law; White Collar Crime; HUD Frauds; Juvenile Criminal Law; Drugs and Narcotics; All Federal Criminal Law Violations (Title 8, 18, and 21); Federal Appeals and Federal Writs (2254, 2255)



Admitted 1973, California; 1974, U.S. District Court, Central District of California; 1978, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court; 1993, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second and Tenth Circuits; 1995, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan; 1996, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas; 2001, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of California
Law School University of Oklahoma, J.D.
Member National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Biography Former Deputy District Attorney for the County of Los Angeles (1974-1978). Enter into private criminal defense 1978?. War Crimes Tribunal (ICTY), 1999-2003. Member, Advisory Committee, Anti-Defamation League, 1999?. Former Head Representative, Ninth Circuit, Criminal Justice Act Attorneys to Defender Services, Washington, D.C. Panel Member, Criminal Justice Act Panel and former heard panel attorney, Central District of California, 1979?. In 2002 received recognition of 20 years of continuous certification as a Certified Criminal Law Specialist at the California State Bar Annual Meeting. (Certified Specialist, Criminal Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization)
Born Los Angeles, California, 1946
Reported Cases U.S. vs. Gelfuso, 9th Cir. 87-5306 (1987); U.S. vs. Keys, 95 F.3d 874 (en banc); 133 F. 3d 1282 cert. Supreme Court - U.S. vs. Gaudin 115 S.Ct. 2310 (1995); U.S. vs. Houtchens, 9th Cir. 90-50052 (1991); U.S. vs. Perez-Garcia, et.al., 9th Cir. 93-50211 (1995); U.S. vs. Kilgore, 9th Cir. 90-50542 (1992); U.S. vs. Johnson, 9th Cir. 95-50550 (1997); U.S. vs. Ani, 9th Cir. 97-50138 (1998); U.S. vs. Pinto, 9th Cir 94-50095 (1995).
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